Trevor Veale

Infrastructure Minister invited to Coffs to discuss bypass

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker spoke in Parliament this week calling on the new Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester to inspect the proposed route of the Coffs Harbour bypass.

The proposed $1 billion project was a vital missing link in the eastern Australia transport corridor, Mr Hartsuyker said.

"I have made it clear to the new infrastructure and transport minister, Darren Chester, that this project remains top of mind for Coffs Harbour businesses, community and local residents," he said.

"I have invited Minister Chester to the Cowper electorate to personally inspect the proposed route and witness first-hand the traffic problems caused by the Pacific Hwy splitting the Coffs Harbour CBD.

"When motorists travelling on the duplicated Pacific Hwy arrive at Coffs Harbour, they are confronted by a large roundabout, 12 sets of traffic lights and thousands of local cross-city traffic movements.

"Coffs Harbour cannot be the only city not bypassed when the Pacific Hwy upgrade is finished."

He said the Coffs Harbour bypass would create jobs for locals and inject millions into the local economy.

The preferred route has been secured by Roads and Maritime Services with significant numbers of properties acquired.